Fearless Love - EASTER
He is risen!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 13 , 2017
Celebration of Easter
Fearless, Timeless, Wondrous Love

     All are welcome t his Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. for our joyful and beautiful celebration of Easter.  The tomb is empty!  Jesus lives! Alleluia!  

     EGG HUNT:  Youth 10 years old and up, please arrive at 9 a.m. to HIDE EGGS for the EGG HUNT which will follow the service.    
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

This is our most Holy Week, and today is Holy or Maundy Thursday, when we remember Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples.  So many sacred artists have captured this scene, the basis for one of our two sacraments in the Presbyterian church. (The other is baptism.) Tonight when you break bread, you might take a moment to picture Jesus, surrounded by those who had shared three momentous years with him.  What an amazing experience, to witness wondrous love.

We are prettying up the church for Easter and hoping that the rainclouds will pass us by at least while the children hide and seek eggs. Bring family, friends, and neighbors for a joyful celebration!  Here we are co-creating a truly inclusive community of authentic friendship, service, and hope for the world.  

With Easter blessings, 

April Calendar
Friday, Apr. 14th
                     7:00 p.m.
Bible Study
Service of Scripture, Song, and Prayer
Sunday, Apr. 16th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.
                   10:45 a.m.
Fearless, Endless, Wondrous Love 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Wednesday, Apr. 19th
                    7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - all are welcome
Friday, Apr. 21st

NO Bible Study - Bev's in DC
Saturday, Apr. 22
                    9 a.m.
Garden Work Day
Sunday, Apr. 23rd                  
                    9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.               
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Wednesday, Apr. 26th
                    7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - all are welcome
Friday, Apr. 27th
                    5:00 p.m.

Bible Study
Sunday, April 30th  
                   9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m

Third Sunday of Easter
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Church Picnic at Samuel P. Taylor Park-
immediately following the service

Bible Study - Good Friday - Noon
Mark 14:32-15:57 
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Jeri Rayford and her family, grieving the loss of Prentis, who died peacefully last week,  for God's loving presence, the peace of Christ, strength, and support in their bereavement;
Jody Brockett and her dear mother Jeanne, prayers for the family to feel God's peaceful presence in the final chapter of life; 
The Saunders - Burr Family, for God's love and comfort to be with them as they mourn the loss of Sue's beloved father, Ron Saunders.
The Ongaro Family, mourning the loss of Phyllis Ongaro, for God's presence and comfort in their bereavement;
Wil Swalberg, for a speedy recovery for a sprained wrist and for God's comfort in his bereavement;
Paul Lambert, for God's comfort as he grieves the loss of his beloved Mother;
The people of Syria, suffering greatly, for intervention which will bring relief to the greatest number; and all those impacted by the US deploying a mega bomb in Afghanistan;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
The victims of hate crimes, in Kansas and nationwide, and their loved ones, comfort in their sorrow, and safety and healing for the survivors;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; for a well-informed citizenry; for government of, by, and for the people, with leaders of integrity, and for an end to hate crimes;
The refugees and displaced , almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, the basics of life, and freedom from being scapegoated;
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may we continue our work to keep the planet livable;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for God's abiding presence, comfort, and love;
Praying Hands
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
The PC(USA), for the way forward to be illuminated, and for our mission and ministries to be salt and light for the world;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church community, renew us and grant us fortitude to continue to bring light to the darkness in this world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.

YOUTH 10 and UP arrive EASTER at 9 a.m. to HIDE EGGS for the HUNT!  
Holy Week at SHPC

Friday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. - Good Friday Service 

Sunday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. - EASTER 
Egg Hunt  to follow

 Report from Your Clerk of Session 

Session agenda for Wed. April 19th:  OFFICER TRAINING on BOOK OF ORDER.  Pastor Bev will review and refresh us on our constitution and polity, to augment the on-the-job training we do at each meeting. Each week's newsletter will highlight 2 key points of Presbyterian polity.  See below for the first two. 

Also, save the date: Saturday May 6, 9 a.m., for financial resiliency retreat.

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 
Presbyterian Polity Highlights 

 We are presbyterian, not congregational or episcopal.   Congregational types of churches make decisions in congregational meetings. Episcopal types of churches authorize their bishops to make decisions for the life of the church. Presbyterians come together in groups elected by the people they serve to make decisions. These elected people are called presbyters, ruling elders and teaching elders (also called ministers of the Word and Sacrament). Very few decisions are made by single individuals and very few decisions are made by vote of a congregation. Most decisions for the life of a congregation are made by the session. These range from providing for the worship, education and spiritual nurture of people in the congregation to managing the physical property of the church and adopting a budget. The Book of Order does call for a congregational meeting and vote of the congregation (as well as approval of the Presbytery) on matters involving loans and/or sale of real property.

There are four councils, or governing levels, in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The session is the council of the congregation. The congregation elects the persons who serve on its session. The pastor is moderator (or co-pastors are co-moderators) and ruling elders are elected for specific terms. The presbytery includes the congregations and teaching elders within a certain district (G-3.0301). The synod is a specific geographic area with at least three presbyteries (G-3.0401). The General Assembly is the council of the whole church (G-3.0501). When presbyteries, synods or the General Assembly meet as deliberative bodies they are composed of commissioners who are ruling elders and teaching elders in numbers as nearly equal as possible.
Mexico Mission Update

GREAT NEWS:  Our Mexico Mission Team has 63 youth and adults ready to head down to Mexico in June to help build houses! 

Please consider becoming a mission co-worker through donations of your thought/prayers and or monetarily. 

You can donate online or if you prefer, by checks. 

If you are donating to a specific person, please note their name in the comment section of the donation page or memo line of the check.

checks (MM on the memo line): Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Rd, San Anslemo CA 94960

Looking good for Easter!

Thank you so much to the Rock Garden Team for prettying up for Easter:  Koren, Sharon, Scott, and Owen Hamilton, and Katie Rice!

Thank you to Alison and Michael for prettying up the front yard!

Celebrate Earth Day in the Justice Garden

Saturday, April 22 is Justice Garden Work Day
    9 a.m.
Fun for the whole family!  

Questions - contact Michael by clicking here
earth helping
Sunday, April 23 is Earth Sunday

Our Green Team will lead us and we'll welcome the Rev. Will Scott,
Program Director of California Interfaith Power & Light, to the pulpit in celebration of Earth Sunday.

For 17 years, California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) has been living into its founding mission-to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming as a moral issue. Today, CIPL is a network of 680 congregations of all faiths committed to addressing climate change from Chico to San Diego, Mono Lake to Monterey Bay. If you'd like to learn more about this work, please check out the  website.

See you on April 21st

Join us for our Friday flow, FRIDAY APRIL 21, 5-6pm upstairs at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian.

We will move our bodies mindfully,  
winding down our week while lighting up our spirits.

Come as you are, yoga has a place for everyone.
Our class is mixed-level and donation based $10 suggested.

We have extras if you don't have a mat, arrive in comfortable clothes you can move in.

Karen x

Youth Climate Change Summit Sat. April 29  
Our own Patti Vance and Ethan Russell are bringing their many gifts to facilitating Marin young environmental leaders in planning and leading the first annual Marin Youth Summit on Climate Change! This event will bring together students, their videos, speeches and projects with global leaders in Climate Change. It will serve as a place where students can learn the tools and science to help spur action in their communities. We hope to inspire and give weight to the idea that youth can create real change, not just in the future, but now.

For more information, visit the website here
or  click here to monetarily support the event.
or contact Patti Vance

All Church Family Picnic
April 30 
Right after church
Fun for ALL
Redwood Grove at 
Samuel P. Taylor State Park 

Thanks to all our youth who helped cook last weekend for the last REST of the season!

To celebrate and fellowship together, we'll be hiking and getting ice-cream next month, Sunday May 7th, 4-5:30 at Fawn Dr Trailhead/Three Twins Ice Cream  Click here to sign up!

Thanks to all who have joined us this year!

Food 4 Good - Sleepy Hollow's Youth Cooking Program will return to cooking in the fall when the REST program starts up again.

If you have questions, contact 
    Judy Ford or  Jen Gauna
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to latest tragic apartment fire in Oakland

Members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team recently returned from Oakland, California, responding to the latest apartment fire that left four people dead and more than 100 residents displaced. The four-alarm blaze broke out in the three-story, 43-unit building on March 27.

Witnesses say as many as 15 people had to be rescued as the smoke and flames grew. Bed sheets could be seen hanging from some windows as people found ways to escape the blaze. The fire is believed to have started on the second floor and authorities say the 122-year-old building had been the subject of a number of code enforcement complaints.

"It's an acute manifestation of a larger problem which is often the case with disasters. There is a housing shortage and now there are over 100 people in need of housing in the midst of a community with a severe housing problem," said Mike Bullard, who visited the community as part of the PDA response team. "The gentrification in the community has added to the cost of housing so that large communities of homeless people are living in tents or on the streets under bypasses and awnings."
The recent fire comes four months after the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland left 36 people dead. That fire broke out after a dance party at the warehouse that had been converted into living and community space.
"Many of the same people who responded to the Ghost Ship fire have once again responded to the needs of survivors in this fire," said Jim Kirk, PDA's associate for national disaster response. "The impact of trauma and stress is cumulative and part of what PDA can offer is a ministry of presence to those who are responding."

To read article in its entirety, click here.
Wil LOVES an invite for lunch or dinner!

Thank you and bless you to all who have reached out to invite him over for a meal.  You are lighting up his life!

Sunday our dear Wil, took a small fall during the Marin Hunger/CROP Walk. Determined to finish the 3 mile walk, even after the fall (refusing our request to drive him the rest of the way), Will ended up at the hospital with a lot of pain in his right hand. Except for a bad right hand sprain and a scraped left hand, he is fine.
However, he can't really cook and shouldn't drive probably for at least a week. Therefore, if anyone can make and bring him some meals this week, it would be of great help to Wil. Click here to sign up to bring him a meal.

And we thank him for his faithful and continuing FOOD BARREL MINISTRY.

NEW FOLKS - We will match you with a veteran so that you can be trained on our highly complex coffeemaker and have FUN!

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 
April:   Nance's Parish
Sign up now and keep the hospitality

Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!
We've updated the signups for the new year!  

Help with our ministry of hospitality by signing up to be a greeter! All you have to do is get to church by 9:15, light the candles, and hand out bulletins with a smile. Thank you to all who have signed up so far!

Thank you all for your continued support,
Jody Brockett, 
Worship Elder
Congo Mission Team meets with staff of 
Senator Kamala Harris

Five representatives of the Congo Mission team at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) recently traveled to Sacramento for a meeting with the staff of California's new junior senator and former state Attorney General, Kamala Harris. Two members of a Bay Area organization for Congolese nationals in Diaspora, Congo Prosperity Catalyst, joined them.

LOPC, 20 miles east of San Francisco, formed a Congo Mission Team in 2012 "in response to the tragic conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly the suffering of women and children." They were inspired by attending the Ecumenical Advocacy Days and the Advocacy Training sponsored by Compassion, Peace and Justice of the PC(USA) in Washington, DC.
The goal of the meeting was to let Harris know her constituents and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are concerned about the people of the Congo, and explained why Congress should have an interest in justice and peace there.
Over the past two decades, numerous militias and rival factions have clashed for control of Congo's government and resources, which often end up in American's cell phones and other electronic devices. More than 5 million people have died in this period as a result of fighting, poverty, dislocation and disease. Last year, Congolese nationals were the largest group of refugees seeking entry to the United States.
Advocacy has become a key component of the Presbyterian World Mission's witness and integral to the work of many mission networks. "Often our ministry responds to symptoms," said the Rev. Debbie Braaksma, Presbyterian World Mission Africa Area Coordinator. "Through advocacy, we can also address root causes and work for more lasting and sustainable change."

The LOPC Congo Mission Team believes their visit has laid a foundation for a continuing working relationship with Harris' office. "We were invited to connect with the Senator's international policy staffers in Washington and to talk to Sen. Harris' scheduler about meeting the Senator when she is in California," said Gibbons.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

It's not too late to sign up for a great lakeside summer treat!

Join us at ZE!

"The best lakefront experience ever"

"Great classes"

"Awesome bike rides"

"Food was not bad and plentiful"

Guess who said which -

Dennis Latta,

Michael Durphy,

Pastor Bev 

Hope to see you there!

To learn more or to register for the event
check out their website:

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to maintain sobriety through sharing their recovery experience with others. 

Looking for more information? Check out the San Francisco/Marin AA website for more information including meeting times and places, including meetings at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church every Tuesday at 8:30pm

24-hour hotline is also available for immediate listening and guidance if wished -
·        6pm-10am in Marin 415-499-0400
·       10am-6pm - SF Central Office (415) 674-1821 (they will refer Marin callers to Marin resources)

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221